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Reclusive Lauryn Hill Gets Jail Time for Tax Evasion

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lauryn Hill (Charice L./flickr)

Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison followed by three months home confinement for failing to pay taxes on $1.8 million in earnings —  the trial was the first time in nearly a decade that fans got a glimpse of the former Fugees star, who also released a new single this week entitled, "Neurotic Society."

The song critiques the social media culture that came of age during Hill's hiatus from the music business. Eric Danton, contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, says those beliefs might explain why the singer has remained out of the limelight for so long. "She has said that she wanted to drop out of the music industry for the safety of her family, of her children, to raise them outside of that spotlight of celebrity," Danton said. "This song talks a lot about that spotlight and the pernicious effects of pop culture."

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